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50 top-rated authors

Authors rated by at least 50 members (average/ratings/raters).

Constance Cappel (4.8/171/59), Janet Arnold (4.75/292/131), The Kyoto Costume Institute (4.74/85/85), Crossway Bibles (4.69/608/530), Ollie Johnston (4.68/92/80), Arthur G. Bennett (4.68/187/187), William R. Trumble (4.67/83/83), Nisargadatta Maharaj (4.67/98/77), Karl Elliger (4.65/103/103), William M. Gaines (4.64/387/61), Frank H. Netter (4.64/95/52), Harold Abelson (4.62/215/212), Richard Williams (4.62/54/54), Bill Watterson (4.62/10166/3176), George Frideric Handel (4.59/207/90), Bryan Stevenson (4.59/209/209), June Hiatt (4.57/68/68), Elizabeth Shown Mills (4.57/319/190), Drew Daywalt (4.57/616/532), Ninya Mikhaila (4.57/61/61), Avraham Azrieli (4.56/295/151), Luigi Serafini (4.55/109/106), Rena Kornreich Gelissen (4.55/54/54), Harold McGee (4.55/423/396), Don Rosa (4.55/521/187), Albert Seba (4.54/60/57), Lindsay Mattick (4.54/120/120), Carla Emery (4.54/98/98), Russel Lazega (4.54/63/63), Michael Whelan (4.54/89/67), Lin-Manuel Miranda (4.54/103/102), Eberhard Nestle (4.53/203/200), Steve Purcell (4.53/77/58), Robert A. Caro (4.53/1095/586), James Jean (4.53/79/51), Jeff Brumbeau (4.52/101/81), Menena Cottin (4.52/125/125), John Williams (4.52/106/64), Ki Longfellow (4.52/252/190), Alexander Roberts (4.52/112/56), Stanley Kunitz (4.51/79/69), Douglas A. Blackmon (4.51/83/83), Tom Tierney (4.51/612/89), Brandon Stanton (4.51/192/163), Jim Pojar (4.51/68/60), Johann Sebastian Bach (4.51/396/141), Ludwig van Beethoven (4.51/363/120), Margaret Grieve (4.51/97/69), Richard Siken (4.51/98/92), W. Richard Stevens (4.5/307/181) — show more

50 lowest-rated authors

Rich Shapero (1.67/66/65), Randy Davila (2.15/123/123), Robin Wyatt Dunn (2.18/101/84), Christopher Ransom (2.18/140/134), Hal Lindsey (2.38/155/101), Jessica Cutler (2.38/56/56), Rebecca Campbell (2.45/59/54), Michael Gerber (2.52/206/165), Sue Lange (2.52/63/58), John B. Olson (2.54/198/189), Simon Cox (2.58/90/86), Melissa P. (2.59/200/192), Alexandra Ulysses (2.6/87/87), Nancy Balbirer (2.6/60/60), O. J. Simpson (2.61/79/77), Emma Tennant (2.61/219/176), Arabella Weir (2.64/63/59), Joanne Dahme (2.65/54/51), Alexander Campion (2.65/57/51), Adèle Lang (2.67/59/58), Ellen Fein (2.68/91/72), Kaavya Viswanathan (2.69/89/89), John Milne (2.69/65/59), Janet Groth (2.7/55/55), Simon (2.7/175/144), Catherine Millet (2.72/212/207), Anna Sam (2.72/63/63), Jacquelyn Cook (2.73/97/89), Erich von Däniken (2.73/561/390), Trudy Baker (2.73/67/63), Douglas Monroe (2.74/60/52), Eden Cole (2.75/119/55), Andrew Keen (2.75/169/168), Charlotte Roche (2.76/331/315), Robin Kirman (2.76/52/52), Michael Drosnin (2.77/152/136), Naomi Kramer (2.78/80/74), James Bradley (2.78/142/136), Vonna Harper (2.78/88/51), Thomas Kohnstamm (2.79/52/52), Steve Lookner (2.79/74/68), Frank Brennan (2.79/104/93), Nostradamus (2.8/98/84), Phil Hellmuth (2.8/62/59), Tracy Quan (2.81/118/93), Phoenix Desmond (2.81/57/57), Mitzi Szereto (2.81/55/50), Jill Price (2.81/53/53), Grant R. Jeffrey (2.81/85/62), Heleen van Royen (2.82/195/124) — show more

50 authors people can't agree on

Must have 50 raters. The numbers are the standard deviation of rating—how much they differ from the average.

Watchtower Bible and Tract Society (1.95), Joseph Smith (1.71), Victoria Foyt (1.63), Holy Ghost Writer (1.49), Natalie Gittelson (1.49), Michael J. Behe (1.45), Sayed A. A. Razwy (1.44), Douglas Monroe (1.44), John Hagee (1.43), Mrs. Henry Wood (1.43), Rick Joyner (1.42), Hal Lindsey (1.42), Robert Newcomb (1.41), Immanuel Velikovsky (1.4), Alexandra Ulysses (1.39), Judy Katschke (1.39), Adolf Hitler (1.38), William Dembski (1.38), Lois H. Gresh (1.38), Debi Pearl (1.38), David Icke (1.37), E. L. James (1.37), Stan Lauryssens (1.37), Andrew Sinclair (1.36), Sharon Lathan (1.36), Charles Grandison Finney (1.35), Miley Cyrus (1.35), Richard Abanes (1.35), Natasha Preston (1.35), Rhonda Byrne (1.35), William Cooper (1.35), Kevin Trudeau (1.35), A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (1.34), Ravinder Singh (1.34), C. I. Scofield (1.34), William P. Young (1.33), T. Lobsang Rampa (1.33), Jessica Cutler (1.33), Ken Ham (1.33), Kate Douglas (1.33), John Maynard Keynes (1.32), Nina Malkin (1.32), Kirsty Moseley (1.32), L. Ron Hubbard (1.32), Michael Pearl (1.31), Mark Booth (1.31), Frank J. Tipler (1.31), Simon (1.31), Omar Tyree (1.3), Pat Brown (1.3) — show more

50 uncontroversial authors

The least divergent star ratings. Must have 50 raters.

Authors who LibraryThing (complete list)

Lee Child, Diana Gabaldon, Don Maitz, John Green, Brandon Sanderson, Sandra Brown, David Brin, Laurie R. King, Jon Scieszka, Jude Deveraux, Laurie Halse Anderson, Diane Duane, Ann Brashares, Jennifer Weiner, Naomi Novik, Patrick Rothfuss, James Rollins, Joe Hill, Nancy Holder, Elizabeth Bear, James Dashner, Lisa See, Katie MacAlister, Andrew Gross, John Carey, Chris Bohjalian, Dan Chaon, Janny Wurts, Melissa Marr, Manon Smits, Susan Mallery, Jo Beverley, Tite Kubo, Sharon Kay Penman, Susan Wittig Albert, Adriana Trigiani, Susan Wiggs, Alan Furst, Randy Alcorn, Edward R. Tufte, Sarah Addison Allen, Marie Jones, Bryan Lee O'Malley, Sharon Lee, Alma Flor Ada, Matthew Pearl, Geerten Meijsing, Sherryl Woods, Lynn Viehl, Neal Asher — see the full list.

Top 75 authors (author cloud)

By number of copies

J. K. Rowling (585,398), Stephen King (448,606), Terry Pratchett (366,985), J. R. R. Tolkien (286,686), C. S. Lewis (272,545), Neil Gaiman (248,669), William Shakespeare (239,802), Nora Roberts (239,673), Agatha Christie (219,837), James Patterson (203,546), Jane Austen (183,010), Isaac Asimov (175,684), Charles Dickens (172,411), Stephenie Meyer (170,214), John Grisham (161,335), Janet Evanovich (146,245), Orson Scott Card (144,101), Dan Brown (143,822), Anne McCaffrey (142,608), Dr. Seuss (142,537), Dean Koontz (135,771), Kurt Vonnegut (134,273), Anne Rice (130,093), Roald Dahl (129,267), George Orwell (128,418), Douglas Adams (127,801), John Steinbeck (123,219), George R. R. Martin (122,283), Robert A. Heinlein (121,040), Mercedes Lackey (120,809), Charlaine Harris (116,433), Margaret Atwood (111,972), Mark Twain (111,434), Suzanne Collins (111,126), Laurell K. Hamilton (109,549), Robert Jordan (107,058), Lemony Snicket (104,800), Mary Pope Osborne (104,720), Ernest Hemingway (103,979), Michael Crichton (103,201), Piers Anthony (99,446), Fyodor Dostoevsky (99,372), Haruki Murakami (99,278), Rick Riordan (96,850), Ray Bradbury (96,559), Jim Butcher (92,455), Philip Pullman (92,411), Gabriel García Márquez (90,811), Khaled Hosseini (90,428), Bill Bryson (88,440), Philip K. Dick (87,473), Jodi Picoult (87,364), Patricia Cornwell (87,155), Ursula K. Le Guin (87,131), David Eddings (85,116), Tom Clancy (84,620), F. Scott Fitzgerald (84,004), Carolyn Keene (83,697), Arthur Conan Doyle (83,482), Frank Herbert (80,747), L. M. Montgomery (80,163), Arthur C. Clarke (79,997), Tamora Pierce (79,358), Michael Connelly (78,946), J. D. Salinger (78,720), Neal Stephenson (78,496), Alexander McCall Smith (77,987), Madeleine L'Engle (73,838), Umberto Eco (73,521), Chuck Palahniuk (73,219), Stieg Larsson (72,997), Nicholas Sparks (72,861), John Irving (72,199), Clive Cussler (72,005), Leo Tolstoy (71,525) — show more

50 "completist" authors

Average number of books in a collection, if there's one.

Colleen Doran (61.38), Tracy Hickman (54.37), Wilhelm Grimm (52.3), Christopher Tolkien (48.8), Marc Hempel (46.88), Gentry Lee (40.43), Charles Vess (34.68), Mark Victor Hansen (32.29), Edward FitzGerald (31.17), George R. Stewart (29.67), John L. Bull (29.34), Simone Beck (27.78), Jerry B. Jenkins (23.14), Albert Uderzo (22.39), Mike Allred (22.27), Elinor M. Brent-Dyer (20.92), Skip Williams (20.27), Lincoln Child (19.99), Tasha Tudor (19.29), Richard Sapir (18.86), Kenneth Robeson (18.09), Bryan Talbot (17.79), Jack Du Brul (16.39), Deborah Turner Harris (15.7), Eiichiro Oda (15.28), Jerry Pournelle (15.26), Don Pendleton (15.13), P. Craig Russell (15.02), Nora Roberts (14.97), Neta Jackson (14.96), Yumi Tamura (14.86), Ann Hood (14.38), Walter Ralston Martin (14.33), CLAMP (14.33), Elsie Jeanette Oxenham (14.28), Warren Murphy (14.08), Scott Dikkers (14.06), James Axler (13.99), Chie Shinohara (13.97), Daisy Meadows (13.78), Dave McKean (13.75), Friedrich Engels (13.73), Margit Sandemo (13.63), Mercedes Lackey (13.6), Milo Manara (13.52), Jack Cohen (13.48), Naoki Urasawa (13.31), Roger Leloup (13.22), Rumiko Takahashi (13.1), Saki Hiwatari (13.08) — show more

Notes: See standard deviation for more on this concept. Basically, if everyone basically agrees that an author's books are good or bad, the standard deviation is low. If opinions differ a lot, the standard deviation of ratings is high. All statistics are updated daily, if possible, or more frequently.

 

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